Funding boost for Murray Bridge headspace relocation

Murray Bridge headspace has received more than $680,000 in federal funding to enable the organisation to move premises and provide quicker and better services to the region's young people.

Windfall: Murray Mallee General Practice chief Cathy Spanton, headspace's Pia Grantham-Young and Richard Burden and Tony Pasin MP discuss new funding.

Windfall: Murray Mallee General Practice chief Cathy Spanton, headspace's Pia Grantham-Young and Richard Burden and Tony Pasin MP discuss new funding.

Currently located on Railway Terrace, at the old railway institute, headspace is running out of room to be able to deliver the best service it can to clients.

By moving premises the organisation hopes to be able to reduce wait times for physical and mental health services for young people aged between 12 and 25 years of age.

Funding of $686,202 will also help with the development of a walk-in clinic as well as the implementation of intervention therapies.

According to Member for Barker Tony Pasin, prior to the pandemic headspace centres across the country had already experienced high demand on their services.

"One in four young Australians is affected by a mental health illness every year, and as we battle COVID-19 it's more important than ever that we prioritise mental health," he said.

"Headspace is somewhere young people can get professional help, peer support and feel comfortable enough to tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them,

"Headspace provides access to free or low cost youth-friendly, primary mental health services with a single entry point to holistic care in four key areas-mental health, related physical health, substance misuse, and social and vocational support."

Details: For free health services for people aged 12-25, phone 8531 2122 or drop into 3-5 Railway Terrace, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm.